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Email Consultations

How to use email consultations:

  • Submit your work for consultation  Submit
  • You will receive a response with an attached PDF copy of your paper with comments throughout, along with a letter in the body of the email or attached as a document with our comments and suggestions for how you might be able to revise your work.
  • You may expect a response within 72-hour response window per submission (NOT including weekends and holidays). Plan ahead accordingly

Things to note when using email consultations:

  • We will not edit your papers. We will help you find areas in your paper for improvement or enhancement.
  • We will only have time to focus on one or two aspects of your paper.
  • If you need a more in-depth review, or significant grammar help, make an in-person appointment with a consultant at one of our Writing Center sites.
  • Leave yourself plenty of time to revise—the comments you will receive are only suggestions. Since this is your paper, you must decide how to best use the advice.
  • Later, consider sending in a revised draft for more comments.
  • We can typically cover no more than 7 pages in a single email response. If your paper is more than 7 pages, please submit it in sections, and be sure to specify each section in your emails. You can reasonably expect that we can respond thoroughly to submissions of no more than 4 pages in length.

Online, Real-Time Consultations

Students work one-on-one with a writing consultant via our online platform.

How online consultations work:

  • Make an appointment for the online campus via our online scheduler (big yellow button above).
  • At the time of your appointment, log back in to the appointment scheduler and launch the online consultation module via the link in the appointment block.
    • The platform has built-in video conferencing and chat capabilities.
    • You can upload a paper to the platform’s editor. Both you and the consultant can see and mark up the paper at the same time.

Things to note about Real-time Online consultations:

  • You must have a basic understanding of how internet functions operate. This includes working in multiple windows, uploading/ downloading, and communicating via chat.
  • These consultations are always 1 hour appointments to allow for time to trouble shoot technology.
  • Everything that can be done in a traditional appointment can be done via this platform.
  • Some things, like instant access to helpful website url’s, are easier via this platform.